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A Little Break from the Psalms and Personal Update

It’s difficult for me to believe that we are already one week into the “Praying the Psalms” series. I’ve been enjoying it, and have appreciated everyone who has either stopped by, left a like or two, or even joined in on the praying or left a prayer request or comment. When I began this series, I wasn’t sure what kind of engagement I would get. Would I be praying all by myself? Would I be annoying my followers by suddenly inundating their feeds? Would they find it to be too much religion and unfollow me?

Whatever the case, I knew it would be a worthwhile exercise, even if it were all-by-my-lonesome. But the modest engagement I have seen is such a blessing. So, thank you.

It did occur to me, however, that too many of the same kind of posts all at once may start to feel a little impersonal. I don’t want my blog to sound like a computer-generated algorithm. So I thought I would take a little break and update you on what’s been going on in my tiny section of the very cold world we have found ourselves in here in Manitoba.

The week went by fairly quickly, partly because of doing this series, and partly because of an excursion I took with my boys to my sister’s place. Her property is on a particularly quiet section of the Lee River. The shores are rocky; the waters are deep, cold and clean (and presently frozen, of course); and the evergreens are tall (by Manitoba standards, anyway). While we were there, the temperature rose for a couple of days to the range of -14 to -17 degrees Celsius, which feels warm compared to the steady -25 to -35 range we have been seeing in this latest cold snap. So we were able to spend some time outdoors, which we mostly spent sledding (aka tree-dodging) and keeping warm by the fire.

While there, my boys were unusually calm. I’m not sure if that was because of the fires to build, dogs to pet, and trees to collide with; or just the change of scenery from home; or some combination of those things. But they seemed content.

And then we came home. And they were back to their rambunctious selves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for me, I’m doing fairly well but continuing to struggle at times with the question of purpose as I see my boys growing older. I also continue to mourn the loss of my former career and contemplate whether to attempt going back, or try something completely different. I have been looking into the field of bookkeeping and what it would take to get an office job like that. Since I have my writing and piano playing as creative outlets, and ministry opportunities through bringing up my own kids and volunteering at church, I think it would feel good to do practical, concrete tasks that aren’t always face-to-face with clients. Maybe it would be fun to do math again. (Did I just say that?) I’d also like to feel like part of a team (i.e. be an ’employee’), rather than the lone-wolf life of a contract music therapist (what I used to do).

But for the time being, my day-to-day purpose will revolve around my kids, who are back to remote learning starting on Monday. It’s only supposed to be for a week, but with case numbers in the thousands every day, I’m not holding out much hope that they actually will be back in school on the 17th. So we will do our best to enjoy the extra time together. I just hope I will have the energy and motivation to keep them engaged, active, and out of trouble during the coming week or weeks.

Another piece of news is that my husband has recently begun a new career, as a truck driver. He routinely drives across our neighboring provinces (Saskatchewan and Ontario) and into the northern United States. I’m embarrassed to say this, but as someone who has travelled very little, I find his departures into the US in particular quite fascinating. Those places seem so far away – even though they’re no further, necessarily, than when he goes to Regina. And, ok – I’m used to people talking about North Dakota or Minnesota. But, Michigan? Ohio? Wisconsin? Iowa? Now, that’s the stuff of fantasy! Some kind of other world, where TV shows are set.

Wisconsin!
New York!
Ohio!
Pennsylvania!

I know I have some American followers, so please forgive me if that sounds ridiculous. And of course, not all Canadians are like me. Many are very well-traveled. I’ve just always been content to stay near home.

Although lately, I’ve been thinking that a tropical vacation might be ok. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Image from Pixabay

Anyway, since my husband comes home this afternoon, I will pause the Psalm prayers until Tuesday morning. I do want to keep them going throughout the rest of January, but a little break now and then, I think, will keep me fresher and more energized.

In the comments, I would love to hear what’s going on with you. Are your kids switching to remote learning? How do you feel about it? Also, are you well-traveled, or a home body like me?

Warm wishes, and keep on praying!

Lisa

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Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all ๐Ÿ˜œโ„. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

20 thoughts on “A Little Break from the Psalms and Personal Update

  1. I love your Psalms posts. I don’t comment every time, but I read them and think about them.

    I am also a homebody. We live in Pennsylvania and the farthest we travel is New York state. Not the city. I have no interest in visiting the city.

    The farthest I’ve ever gone south is North Carolina and I’ve never gone west.

    Where I’d love to visit is where you live and saskatchewan. I visited Niagra Falls once but now everything is so strict to travel, I probably won’t go again. Not too mention the laws your government has passed and your really grumpy prime minister. It no longer seems like a friendly place or a country I’d want to be stuck in when he finally flips out officially and starts imprisoning people he doesn’t like. Sorry to get political but his actions have really turned a lot of us off to Canada down here.

    As you know, we homeschool here so we always do at-home learning. I don’t think the schools around us are doing distance learning right now, but I don’t know. People in the area where I live, are pretty laid back about all this virus stuff, especially Omicron. Honestly, I don’t know if they should or shouldn’t be. I no longer know who to trust about it all.

    So keep up the Psalms posts. Don’t be me and overthink it. They are lovely and uplifting and needed right now.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! Yes, I plan to continue them. Even if it’s just for myself. And I really do find it a huge privilege to get the chance to pray for others from all over the place.

      Honestly, our prime minister’s actions have turned off a lot of people up here as well. I’m very disappointed but not surprised. I actually watch the news in fear and wonder, what will be next? However, he obviously has enough support to have been re-elected and that, to me, is even scarier.

      With that said I would really love you to visit where I live. Not that it’s very interesting here, but it would be fun to meet you in person!

      Ya I find it amazing when my husband comes back from the states and says, “I didn’t have to put a mask on anywhere I went.” I don’t know which way is better either but really, this is feeling overboard. I wish that, instead of trying so hard to control everyone, they would fix the healthcare system so it can properly manage the reality of what is now Omicron. They are talking about mandatory vaccines now. Like, mandatory, period. And again I ask, what will be next? It’s definitely a good time to pray.

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  2. Hi Lisa! Taking a break is a good idea. As a grandfather I appreciate you take time to hang out with your children. I find it interesting you are thinking about possibly going into bookkeeping. My wife has an income tax preparation/bookkeeping business. She enjoys it a lot. I am eager to know how you might decide to do this.
    My grandchildren attend in person schooling at this point. My daughter’s children, however, home school right now because two of her children have special needs. Circumstances dictate right now they school at home.
    My wife and I enjoy to travel from time to time. We have gone on Alaskan cruises a number of times. These days, of course, we are pretty much at home due to essential travel restrictions.
    Thank you for your series on the Psalms and prayer. I totally enjoy how you share with us through your blog. Take care for now.

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    1. Thank you Alan! Yes, bookkeeping looks like a good job. I wonder if I could do it. Maybe someday I’ll have to ask your wife some questions about it.

      Homeschooling is a good choice for many children. More opportunities for individualizing the learning, and avoids some of the stress that may be caused by public school. I considered it for my kids but learned very quickly how badly they need their peers. Maybe because there’s a 5 year gap between my boys.

      Thanks for praying with me and we’ll “see” you again soon!

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    1. Yes, it’s amazing what we can see without leaving the couch! Lately I have taken to watching those Youtube relaxation videos of footage from tropical locations. Just a camera on the beach with water lapping at the shore, or a video someone took while going on a walk. It makes me feel warmer and like I’ve gotten a break from my surroundings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. So interesting reading more about your life. I had to surrender my teaching job, so empathize so much with that part of your sharing on what’s next and if God is calling you to something new. May God continue to direct our paths.

    My girls are back at school – after a lock-down again. Let’s see how long it lasts. They too need that social interaction so much but I also notice how God always uncovers things we need to change as parents in these lock-downs. This time, it is encouraging the girls to take on more responsibility. A chore list is up on the fridge and I so loved their excitement this morning, telling me they had done all their morning chores.

    What a gift to read through your Psalm prayers this morning. I’ve subscribed now to not miss any.

    BTW you know my prayer for us: that God would prompt us to reach out? He’s so funny. These past weeks He’s had me bump into an old running mate (who I used to run with once a week at the athletics club and every other week in the dunes but can’t anymore because of my heart). She suggested we walk together instead ๐Ÿ˜Š. And then last night out of the blue an old student friend reached out to meet up – she’s just come back from 7 years in Jordan and happened to move to my town and is working as an English teacher now. God’s making it easy for me ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ Plus I invited a school Mom to coffee – she’s coming this Friday morning.

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    1. Way to go, Anna! That’s wonderful. Lord, please bless Anna and these people as she ventures out. Thank you for bringing them into her life. Thank you for giving her ideas of what to focus on as she raises her girls. Please continue to encourage and equip her in this. Amen. Thank you, Anna, for subscribing and I look forward to getting to know you better. I so appreciate your empathy and understanding regarding the surrender of a job. After pouring my heart and energy into something for so long, it feels very strange to lay it down. Perhaps for a time, perhaps forever. We’ll see. God is good to me in the midst of it, though.

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      1. Thank you! It does feel so strange, doesn’t it? But praise God indeed that He knows what He’s doing. May we continue to see His hand in this surrender. May new doors open that we hadn’t even considered. May He continue to surprise us with His grace gifts at home and outside the home.

        Has the LORD put anyone new (or an old acquaintance) on your path too? May He continue to weave us together locally and the world over.

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      2. Well, last summer a family moved in next door whose daughter was in my son’s preschool class, and is now in his same kindergarten class. We have gotten to know the parents and they are wonderful. We often get together informally for the kids to play together. But admittedly this idea of reaching out is a huge struggle for me. I often feel so overwhelmed that it’s just hard to let anyone else in. I hope it’s just a season.

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      3. Oh that’s wonderful you are getting to know a new family. That’s huge! I think there’s also seasons God keeps things quieter for us on purpose. You’re also reaching out via your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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      4. Yes, that’s one of the main reasons I have it! โ˜บ๏ธ And yes, I agree that there are seasons in these things. There have been times in my life when I did more reaching out, visiting, hosting etc. Right now I feel that God has put a few other things on my to do list. (Mainly, of course, my kids.) It’s so nice that you understand.

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      5. BTW just had to add that our exchange was God’s (additional) prompting to ring on another neighbor’s door bell. She’s now coming to coffee at mine tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. If I could travel somewhere new one weekend a month, I would be happy. The rest of time? I am at home. The food tastes better, the company is more fun, and the commute is shorter. A campfire with good company and games is my go to for a โ€œnight in the townโ€. ๐Ÿ™‚ We live in Oklahoma.

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  5. One of your American followers here (Washington state). Iโ€™ve been on a hiatus from blogging for several months and am happy to come back to see your series on Psalms. I am praying along with you. Interestingly, the only thing Iโ€™ve been able to write about on this prayers as well. I think the Lord is up to something โ€ฆ using the internet to unite our prayers globally.

    I enjoyed the update on your life. Interesting that your husband has recently become a truck driver knowing the waves that Canadian truck drivers are making around the world. I havenโ€™t caught up enough to learn how thatโ€™s affecting your family but prayers for wisdom.

    As always, I enjoy your posts and love that I have a like-hearted sister in Canada.

    ๐Ÿ’•Shelly

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    1. Awe, thanks Shelly! Yes I always enjoy your posts and was happy to see you back! And yes, what a coincidence that you decided to use your blog for something so similar! It has been refreshing for me to do so this past month.

      I have been watching and following the news very closely. I am thankful for the stand people are making but of course there are those who get a little out of hand/disrespectful about it. But I’m really hoping the politicians and leaders will listen to the legitimate concerns that so many people have. And yes, how strange that the industry has become such a focus right after my husband entered it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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